I'm even less sanguine about my employer's policies towards the very necessary evil of the North Campus. Oh, don't get me wrong; the place is an historical appendage, something we are stuck with in order to pursue our business, but it also happens to be the highly regulated side of the business. We can't just ignore it. If it goes away, we kind of do, too.
Ignore it we do, though. I can't get regular walk-throughs up there scheduled on any timetable, not weekly, monthly or quarterly. It's supposed to happen "organically," and whoever goes up there for whatever kind of fireman-style maintenance or to repair something in the very large garage is supposed to "look around."
How well has this worked out? Funny you should ask. I showed up last night (on a Heisenburg-superstition shift, covering a high-dollar event on the theory that the equipment won't act up if there's someone there to watch it, since that's so much cheaper than actually doing regular maintenance) expecting one issue I wasn't going to be able to fix during the event and yep, there it was, but not expecting to find essential computer-based test gear dead of hard drive failure. Nope, one of the few "organic" visitors had reported it wasn't measuring a couple of parameters. Wrong, it was a frozen screen and rebooting revealed why. And hey, guess what, you kinda need it to take the steps that will show if there's a hard failure in the other thing or its just out of adjustment, well.... There's sort of a workaround for that, if I can get time to actually do it.
And the topper? I go to leave, and my car is now so messed up I have to air up two of the tires daily (the wheels leak!). The little super-flexible section at the end of air-filler hose has rotted. Leaked like a sieve, which I found out by de-airing my already low back tire. Forty-five minutes later, I had rebuilt the thing without the flexible hose, handy valve or pressure gauge. It worked (I have a pressure gauge in the car) and I was able to drive home carefully through the snow.
Not one of my best days.
P.S., I need a vehicle. Won't buy new, prefer 4WD, don't care if it's a gas hog. Ideally able to transport 8'-long boards of at least 1' in width, which my tiny Hyundai hatchback will do. (Tam keeps trying to sell me on the idea of a roller-skate commuter vehicle, which would be fine 95% of the time but doesn't even begin to work for bad-weather missions to the North Campus and the like).
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